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at president obama's cabinet for his second term. our guest is white house reporter david jackson. been a look at what is next for iraq with my coat -- then a look at what is next for iraq with michael gordon. ♪ host: good morning. it is sunday, december 30, 2012. we are less than 48 hours away from going over the fiscal cliff leaders have been working for the weekend to craft a compromise that can be agreed to before midnight tomorrow. it is now all but certain that any deal will be a far cry from the grand bargain that many leaders once imagined. as we take you through all the latest on the "washington journal," we would like to hear what you would like to say to congressional leaders on this 11th hour deal. what tax and spending issues do need included in any compromise. republicans, your number is -- democrats -- independents -- if you are outside the u.s. -- you can also catch up with us on all your favorite social media sites, twitter, facebook, or e- mail us. a very good morning to you. taking to the latest headlines on the fiscal cliff. i will run a few -- through a few
on what it's up to. >>> not clear who will replace lisa jackson as head of the environmental protection agency. jackson will step down in january, just after the president's state of the union address. the epa created new standard for air pollution from coal power plants on her watch. >>> hillary clinton won't be on the sidelines much longer. back at work next week after spending the past three fighting off what the state department says was the stomach flu and a concussion from when she fainted. doctors have grounded her from overseas travel for a few more weengz. her return means she may soon testify before congress on the attack in benghazi. >> lisa jackson, if republicans have their way in the fiscal cliff conversation, they get rid of the epa. they talk about the cannot of education, the department of agency and epa waste of money. >> cost too much, all about regulations. are you one of the few people employed to this organization who has been to north korea. >> twice. i hope to go back again soon. >>> just ahead, a warning to democrats from republicans, they will not write a blank
me is joe jackson to talk about it. the first time i ever heard about that was a challenge to a law that you can't do that or you'll get a ticket. somebody at the time brought up free speech. is that free speech? >> first of all, we know state legislatures are busy. 29,000 bills passed throughout the country. a businey year. you can argue that it's expressive conduct. it's symbolic conduct. as a result of that, it's protected by our constitution first amendment. in florida what they did was they said these flashing lights, you can do it, it's all good. there are a couple loopholes. if you flash the high beams the law also says you can't flash them if there's a car 500 feet that's approaching or if you're behind a car that's 300 feet away. so you still can get nabbed. >> that code is usually from a longer distance away. >> it is. they stopped enforcement also. in march they said we're no longer going to enforce this provision. flash away if you're in florida. >> you might argue it's helping society to slow down. >> absolutely. but it hurts the revenue. >> he hits it on the head. this
'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i add my appreciation to mr. dreier as well and ask the question, why are we here think? know why i'm here. to protect working -- i know why i'm here. to protect working american, the vulnerable and the middle class. at the end of the clinton administration we had $5 trillion in surplus and it went out the window with tax cuts, bush tax cuts, and wars that we could not pay for. so i stand here today to say that working class and the vulnerable have the unemployment insurance and earned income tax and cuts in their taxes that they really need. but we still have work to do. want to make sure that we restore some very serious cuts that impact on the health care of americans and we have work to do on the sequestration and our fight is the same fight with the alcio. we want to make sure that the working americans don't pay for the rich getting richer. we're going to cut against cuts and what we have to do today is to
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